Eugene B. “Gene” Korte

Eugene B. “Gene” Korte, age 91, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, October 28 at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. A Funeral Mass for 91 year old Eugene B. “Gene” Korte will be Monday, November 2 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be in Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to Saint Paul School Educational Foundation or Friends of Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation.

He was born on Sunday, October 19, 1924, in Pierron, IL, the son of John and Emma (nee Benke) Korte.

On Saturday, December 29, 1979, he married Mary Haldi Korte nee Tschannen who survives.

He was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church; Knight of Columbus; VFW Post #5694; American Legion Post 439; former member of the Country Club; and former member of Highland Rotary Club.

Gene was born north of Pierron, IL, on the family farm. He attended Immaculate Conception School, Pierron, IL. He worked for Wm. F. Mewes & Co. General Store in Pierron. He served with the U.S. Army for 2 1/2 years; 15 months duty overseas with the Second Infantry Division during WW II. He worked for Steiner’s Men’s Wear and later purchased the shoe division from the Steiner family. He was the owner and manager of Korte’s Shoe Department Store for 24 1/2 years. In 1979 in worked as a real estate broker for Ralph Korte Realty Inc., later named Terra Properties. He enjoyed golfing, playing baseball, playing cards (bridge) and Saturday lunch with family.

Survivors include:
Wife – Mary Haldi Korte nee Tschannen, Highland, IL
Son – Nic E. (Mary) Korte, Grand Junction, CO
Son – Brad E. (Jeannie) Korte, Highland, IL
Daughter – Jeannie M. (Scott) Korte, Highland, IL
Step Son – Rick C. (Gail) Haldi, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Ann E. (Ryan) Leonard, Grand Junction, CO
Grandchild – Adam E. (Cara) Korte, Grand Junction, CO
Grandchild – Aaron E. Korte, Cornville, AZ
Grandchild – Julie M. Korte, Saint Louis, MO
Grandchild – Ensign Matthew J. Korte, U. S. Navy, Norfolk, VA
Grandchild – Alexander C. Korte, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Nisa B. (Jason) Schmitz, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Daniel S. Korte, Saint Louis, MO
Great Grandchild – Zia K. Leonard, Grand Junction, CO
Great Grandchild – Koen M. Leonard, Grand Junction, CO
Great Grandchild – Anton J. Schmitz, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild – Brea L. Schmitz, Highland, IL
Sister – Lenore “Toots” Windsor, Saint Louis, MO
Sister – Dorothy M. “Dot” Kimberlin, Highland, IL
Brother – Gerald G. Korte, Highland, IL
Brother – Marcellus W. “Popeye” (Agnes) Korte, Saint Rose, IL

He was preceded in death by:
Father – John G. Korte
Mother – Emma E. Korte nee Benke
First Wife – Margie D. Korte nee Pacatte (married 2/10/1948; died 6/28/1977)
Brother – Jerome Korte (killed in WWII)
Brother – Alfred J. “Al” Korte (died 7/17/1998)
Brother – Joseph G. Korte (Died 1/4/2010)
Sister – Magdalen M. “Madge” Haenny (Died 11/11/2006)

Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
1501 Ninth at Lemon Street
Highland, IL 62249

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